Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, 90 miles outside of Las Vegas, has been shut down thanks to a bill passed by the Senate last Wednesday. The site was supposed to be used to help hold and contain over 77,000 tons of toxic waste, but leaves the United States with no long term plan of disposing and containing the waste.
The move fulfills Obama’s campaign promise to close Yucca Mountain, which was 25 years and $13.5 billion in the making. It would, however, leave the country without a long-term solution for storing highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.
The project site will still recieve over $196.8 million dollars in funds to help with work on the site, but shipping radioactive waste from power plants to the site will certainly not be a part of it’s future operations. However there is still an active law passed in 1987 that requires waste to be store stored at Yucca Mountain, which in theory could help bring the project back to life.
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